Boyd’s Marco Martinez set a fast early pace and never let anyone threaten him Thursday in the boys 3,200 at the Paradise Panther Invitational.
Martinez finished the race in 10 minutes and 58 seconds.
“I felt nervous with it being the first track meet of the season,” Martinez said. “I needed someone pushing me. It was good for the first track meet of the year.”
Martinez finished 21 seconds ahead of Paradise’s Chance Dial.
“I felt comfortable. I was struggling a bit with the wind.”
Martinez took second in the 1,600, finishing behind Paradise’s JD Pearson.
POWERS WINS 3,200
Paradise senior Angela Powers stalked her teammate April Coursey for the first 2,900 meters Thursday.
Then approaching the next-to-last corner, Powers rushed by Coursey to go on and win the 3,200-meter-race.
“I felt good. It was a good day,” Powers said. “That’s typically how I run.”
Powers finished in 13:04.5. Coursey took second in 13:11.6.
“For the first meet, that’s fantastic,” Powers said. “There’s only room for me to improve.”
Coursey won the 1,600 later in the meet, turning in a 6:04.37. Powers took third in 6:18.43.
LADY PANTHERS SWEEP RELAYS
Paradise won all three relays at its home meet.
The Lady Panthers turned in a 52.02 to win the sprint relay. In the 4×200, the Paradise team ran 1:50.6. The 4×400 squad won in 4:22.5.
Paradise won the meet, tallying 221 points. Alvord took second with 133.
PONDER OPENS YEAR WITH WIN
After scratching on her first attempt, Alvord’s Brianna Ponder went on to post a jump of 16-9.5 to win the long jump Thursday.
Ponder, who went to regionals in the event last year, said she surprised herself in the first meet of the year.
“It’s chilly and I usually don’t do well in the cold,” she said. “I scratched on my first attempt. But after that, I hit the board well. I’m nowhere near where I need to be. But I’ll get there by district.”
RABY TAKES TRIPLE JUMP
In his opening meet of the season, Bridgeport junior Tyler Raby won the triple jump.
Raby landed a jump of 40-0.25.
“I was surprised. There’s not been much of a chance to practice,” he said. “That was my best jump from last year.”
PARADISE WINS TWO RELAYS
The Paradise Panthers won the 4×100 and 4×200 relays on their home track Thursday.
The 4×100 squad turned in a 46.55. The 4×200 team won in 1:37.7.
With the relay victories, Paradise won the meet with 175 points. Jacksboro took second with 128.